The Core Curriculum is the foundational and essential learning expected of all students at Saint Mary's and the processes by which students achieve that learning. 

Habits of Mind

Considered fundamental to a liberal education, habits of mind foster each person's development as one who seeks to know the truth and is preparing for a lifelong pursuit of knowledge.

Critical Thinking: Recognizing, formulating and pursuing meaningful questions about one's own and others' ideas.
Shared Inquiry: Reasoning together about common texts, questions and problems.
Written and Oral Communication: Development of strong written and oral communication skills.
Information Evaluation and Research Practices: Understanding how information is gathered and evaluated in society.
Requirement: 4 Seminar Courses, one per year. 3 Writing courses.

Seminar 1: Critical Strategies and Great Questions, Spring 2014
Seminar 2: Western Traditions I, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

Seminar 102: Western Traditions I, Spring 2014

 

Seminar 103: Wester Traditions II

English 4: Composition, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
English 5: Argument and Research, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Writing in the Disciplines: Taken within major

Pathways to Knowledge

Knowledge takes many forms and arises from a variety of methods. Training in diverse pathways to knowledge provides a cross-disciplinary approach to learning.

Artistic Understanding: The analysis, interpretation and critique of the products resulting from human creative expression.
Requirement: Two courses in Artistic Analysis. At least .25cr in Creative Practice.

Artistic Analysis:
Art History 1: Survey of World Art: Europe and the United States, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Art History 2: Survey of World Art: Africa, Asia and the Americas,  Fall 2013
Art History 144: Issues in Non-Western Art
Art History 145: Issues in Renaissance Art, Spring 2014
Art History 165: Issues in American Art
Art History 166: Issues in Ninteenth Century Art
Art Theory and Criticism 180: Seminar in Theory & Practice of Art
Communication 2: Communication and Social Understanding,  Fall 2013, Spring 2014
English 19: Introduction to Literary Analysis, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
English 23: American Voices, Spring 2014
English 105: Children's Literature, Fall 2013
English 115: Chaucer, Spring 2014
English 118: 20th-Century Literature
English 125: Introduction to Film, Fall 2013
English 126: Film
English 138: Short Fiction
English 140: Studies in Literary Genre, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
English 153: American Ethnic Writers and Oral Traditions, Fall 2013
English 154: Studies in African-American Literature, Spring 2014
English 163: The Other English Literatures
English 173: Women Writers
English 175: Shakespeare, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
English 184: Contemporary Drama
French 11: Introduction to Literature, Spring 2014
Modern Languages 186: Culture and Civilization of Italy, Spring 2014
Performing Arts 1: Perceiving the Performing Arts, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Performing Arts 10: Rock to Bach: Introduction to Music, Spring 2014
Performing Arts 111: Symphonic Music, Fall 2013
Performing Arts 113: Jazz and Blues in America
Performing Arts 118: Twentieth-Century Composers, Spring 2014
Performing Arts 135: Theatre in Performance: Bay Area Theatre
Performing Arts 181: Asian Dance
Philosophy 111: Philosophy of Art, Spring 2014
Spanish 11: Introduction to Literature, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Spanish 120: Spanish Literature: Middle Ages to Eighteenth Century, Fall 2013
Spanish 121: Spanish Literature: Eighteenth Century to the Mid-Twentieth Century, Spring 2014 

Artistic Analysis and Creative Practice:
Art 55: Digital Foundations 1: Photo, Video and Sound, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Art 65: Digital Foundations 2: Web Design and Interactive Art, Fall 2013
Art Theory and Criticism 80: Art Theory, Fall 2013
Communication 2: Communication and Social Understanding
Communication 125: Introduction to Media, Technology & Culture, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Communication 158: Film
English 25: Creative Writing: Multi-Genre Studies, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
English 102: Creative Writing, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Performing Arts 14: World Music and Dance, Fall 2013
Performing Arts 33: Acting I: Principles of Performance, Fall 2013
Performing Arts 50: Interactive Theatre, Spring 2014 
Performing Arts 133: Acting II: Characterization and Scene Study

Creative Practice:
Art 1: Studio Foundations 1: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Art 155: Experimental Film/Video
Performing Arts 12: Applied Music, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Performing Arts 19: Performing Ensembles, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Performing Arts 37: Theatre Performance Lab, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Performing Arts 70, 72, 76, 77: Dance Courses, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Performing Arts 75/175: Dance Company, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Performing Arts 90: Choreography, Fall 2013

Mathematical Understanding: The application and communication of abstract, logical reasoning and mathematical ideas.
Requirement: 1 course

Mathematics 3: Finite Mathematics, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Mathematics 4: Introduction to Probability and Statistics, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Mathematics 10: The Art and Practice of Mathematics, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Mathematics 13: Calculus with Elementary Functions I
Mathematics 14: Calculus with Elementary Functions II, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Mathematics 27: Calculus I, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Mathematics 101: Fundamental Mathematical Concepts II, Spring 2014

Scientific Understanding: Learning about the natural/physical world by gathering data and formulating hypotheses about how the world works based on that data.
Requirement: 1 course and accompanying laboratory

Biology 10/11: Introduction to Biology, Fall 2013
Biology 50/51: General Biology, Spring 2014
Biology 88/89: Biology of Women, Fall 2013
Chemistry 8/9: General Chemistry I Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Environmental and Earth Science 40/41: Geology and the Earth, Fall 2013
Environmental and Earth Science 50/51: Earth and Life through Time, Spring 2014
Environmental and Earth Science 75/76: Wetlands, Spring 2014
Environmental and Earth Science 92/93: Introduction to Environmental Science, Fall 2013
Physics 1/2: Introduction to Physics I, Fall 2013
Physics 40/41: Revolutions in Science
Physics 90/91: Introduction to Astronomy, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

Social, Historical, Cultural Understanding: Placing today's world in a meaningful context and arriving at sufficiently complex explanations for current social arrangements.
Requirement: 2 courses

Anthropology 1: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Anthropology 5: Introduction to Archaeology, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Communication 112: Interpersonal Communication
Economics 3: Principles of Micro-Economics, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Economics 4: Principles of Macro-Economics, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
History 1: World History to 1500, Fall 2013
History 2: World History 1500 to present, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
History 4: History of Western Civilization to 1500, Fall 2013
History 5: History of Western Civilization 1500 to Present, Spring 2014
History 10: Introduction to Historical Methods
History 17: History of the United States to 1877, Fall 2013
History 18: History of the United States since 1877, Spring 2014
History 111: Birth of Europe
History 112: Europe in the High and Middle Ages
History 113: The Age of the Renaissance
History 117: 20th Century Europe
History 118: The Victorian Empire
History 132: The American Revolution and the Early Republic
History 133: Era of the Civil Ware and Reconstruction
History 136: Immigration and Ethnic Relations in American History
History 138: The Development of Modern American Culture, Fall 2013
History 139: History of Women in America
History 141: African-American History: 1865 to the Present, Spring 2014
History 142: History of California, Spring 2014
History 151: Women in Latin American History
History 152: Revolution in Latin America, Fall 2013
History 155: Latin American Environmental History, Spring 2014
History 162: Modern China
History 163: Ethnic Identities and Conflict in China
Modern Languages 185: Culture and Civilization in France
Politics 1: Introduction to Comparative Politics, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Psychology 1: Introduction to Personality-Social Psychology, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Psychology 150: Personality Psychology, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Psychology 160: Social Psychology, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Sociology 2: Introduction to Sociology, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Sociology 4: Social Problems, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Sociology 101: The Sociological Imagination
Studies for International and Multilingual Students 15: American Culture and Civilization, Fall 2013
Women's and Gender Studies 1: Introduction to Women's Studies, Fall 2013

Theological Understanding: The study of religious texts and traditions, and exploration of God, humankind, and the world as expressed in Catholic and other religious traditions.
Requirements: 1 Christian Foundations course, taken at Saint Mary's. 1 Theological Explorations course

Christian Foundations:
 Philosphy 120: Christian Hermeneutics
Theology & Religious Studies 97: The Bible and Its Interpretation, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

Theological Explorations:
Philosophy 110: Philosophy of Religion, Spring 2014
Philosophy 130: Ethics, Fall 2013
Theology & Religious Studies 101: Origins of Christianity, Spring 2014
Theology & Religious Studies 102: Medieval Christianity
Theology & Religious Studies 103: Reformations, Fall 2013
Theology & Religious Studies 114: The Gospel of Mark
Theology & Religious Studies 115: Jesus and His Teachings, Spring 2014
Theology & Religious Studies 117: Wealth and Poverty in the Bible, Fall 2013
Theology & Religious Studies 119: Apocalypse and Eschatology
Theology & Religious Studies 121: Belief and Unbelief
Theology & Religious Studies 122: Jesus: The Person and the Myth
Theology & Religious Studies 123: Sex and the Spirit, Spring 2014
Theology & Religious Studies 126: Theology of Creation, Spring 2014
Theology & Religious Studies 132: Sexuality, Marriage and the Family: A Catholic Perspective
Theology & Religious Studies 133: Life Stories and Theology
Theology & Religious Studies 134: The Catholic Imagination
Theology & Religious Studies 141: Christian Ethics, Fall 2013
Theology & Religious Studies 142: Medical Ethics, Spring 2014
Theology & Religious Studies 143: Catholic Social Teaching
Theology & Religious Studies 151: Judaism, Spring 2014
Theology & Religious Studies 153: Eastern Religions
Theology & Religious Studies 154: Hinduism
Theology & Religious Studies 155: Buddism
Theology & Religious Studies 156: Religions of India
Theology & Religious Studies 162: Biblical Themes in Literature
Theology & Religious Studies 163: Saints Yesterday & Today, Spring 2014
Theology & Religious Studies 164: Dante and the Divine Comedy, Fall 2013
Theology & Religious Studies 165: Spiritual Not Religious: Emerson to the New Age, Fall 2013
Theology & Religious Studies 166: Spirituality in Practice: Catholics in America
Theology & Religious Studies 167: Seeing Salvation: Christian Art and Architecture, Spring 2014
Theology & Religious Studies 171: Gender and Religion in American Culture
Theology & Religious Studies 173: The Virgin Mary, Spring 2014

Engaging the World

An exploration of justice, civic responsibility, and social, economic and cultural differences, examining and reflecting on what it means to be a citizen in local and global communities.

American Diversity: An intellectual engagement with the social, cultural, economic or political diversity in the United States.
Requirement: 1 course or qualifying experience

Communication 106: Intercultural Communication
English 23: American Voices, Spring 2014
English 153: American Ethnic Writers and Oral Traditions, Fall 2013
English 154: Studies in African-American Literature, Spring 2014
Ethnic Studies 1: Introduction to Ethnic Studies, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Ethnic Studies 50: Creating Community, Fall 2013
Ethnic Studies 135: Youth Cultures, Identities and New Ethnicities, Fall 2013
History 17: History of the United States to 1877, Fall 2013
History 18: History of the United States since 1877, Spring 2014
History 132: The American Revolution and the Early Republic
History 136: Immigration and Ethnic Relations in American History
History 138: The Development of Modern American Culture, Fall 2013
History 139: History of Women in America
History 141: African-American History: 1865 to the Present, Spring 2014
History 142: History of California, Spring 2014
Kinesiology 106: Women in Sport
Liberal and Civic Studies 121: Culture and Civic Responsibility, Fall 2013
Performing Arts 113: Jazz and Blues in America
Performing Arts 184: Dance in Performance
Psychology 165: Cross-Cultural Psychology, Fall 2013
Psychology 8: African American Psychology
Sociology 2: Introduction to Sociology, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Sociology 4: Social Problems, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Studies for International and Multilingual Students 15: American Culture and Civilization, Fall 2013
Theology & Religious Studies 117: Wealth and Poverty in the Bible, Fall 2013
Theology & Religious Studies 166: Spirituality in Practice: Catholics in America
Theology & Religious Studies 171: Gender and Religion in American Culture

The Common Good: A vigorous academic exploration about what the common good is and how it might be pursued.
Requirement: 1 course or qualifying experience

Bonner Leaders
Environmental and Earth Science 92/93: Introduction to Environmental Science, Fall 2013
Ethnic Studies 1: Introduction to Ethnic Studies, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Ethnic Studies 50: Creating Community, Fall 2013
History 5: History of Western Civilization since 1500
History 151: Women in Latin American History
History 152: Revolution in Latin America, Fall 2013
Liberal and Civic Studies 121: Culture and Civic Responsibility, Fall 2013
Liberal and Civic Studies 122: Environmental Responsibility in a Global Community, Spring 2014 
Liberal and Civic Studies 123: Modern Global Issues, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Modern Languages 186: Culture and Civilization of Italy
Performing Arts 50: Interactive Theatre, Spring 2014
Philosophy 10: Plato and Philosophical Inquiry, Fall 2013
Philosophy 11: Aristotle and Philosophical Method, Spring 2014
Philosophy 130: Ethics, Fall 2013
Politics 1: Introduction to Comparative Politics, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Politics 115: Theories of Justice, Fall 2013
Politics 126/127: Food Politics Sociology 4: Social Problems, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Sociology 4: Social Problems
Theology & Religious Studies 117: Wealth and Poverty in the Bible, Fall 2013
Theology & Religion Studies 143: Catholic Social Teaching
Women's and Gender Studies 1: Introduction to Women's Studies, Fall 2013

Community Engagement: An application of intellectual experiences to the community beyond the academy.
Requirement: 1 course or qualifying experience

Accounting 178: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Spring 2014
Art History 188: Applied Research: Community Service
Bonner Leaders
Business Administration 98: Enactus: Entrepreneurship in Action, Spring 2014
Business Administration 126: Applied Marketing Research
Business Administration 129: International Marketing
Business Administration 181 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, Spring 2014
EDUC 123: Introduction to Field Experience in the Elementary Schools
Environmental and Earth Science 60: Urban Environmental Issue
Environmental and Earth Science 75/76: Wetland Ecology, Spring 2014
English 101: Writing Advisor Training Workshop, Spring 2014
German 4: Continuing Intermediate German
Italian 4: Continuing Intermediate Italian, Spring 2014
Japanese 4: Continuing Intermediate Japanese, Spring 2014
Jumpstart: Core
Kinesiology 20: Sport and Recreational Management
Liberal and Civic Studies 121: Culture and Civic Responsibility, Fall 2013
Liberal and Civic Studies 122: Environmental Responsibility in a Global Community, Spring 2014
Liberal and Civic Studies 124: Senior Capstone I: Education, Democracy and Active Citizenship
Liberal and Civic Studies 127: Praxis - Engaged Community Service, Spring 2014
Liberal and Civic Studies 129: Praxis - Education Community Service, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Math Olympiad
Performing Arts 50: Interactive Theatre, Spring 2014
Politics 110: Minority Politics
Politics 116/117: Political Polling and Survey Research
Politics 126/127: Food Politics
Politics 140: Gender Politics, Spring 2014
Psychology 144: Middle Childhood
Psychology 157: Human Sexuality
Psychology 165: Cross-Cultural Psychology
Psychology 195: Field Placement in Psychology, Spring 2014

Women and Gender Studies 126: Engaging Community: Seminar in Gender Violence, Spring 2014

Global Perspective: A study of social, economic, religious or political structures in different global communities and cultures.
Requirement: 1 course or qualifying experience

Anthropology 1: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Anthropology 5: Introduction to Archaeology, Spring 2014
Art History 2: Survey of World Art: Africa, Asia and the Americas, Fall 2013, Spring 2014Business Administration 10: Global Perspectives in Business and Society, Fall 2013, Spring 2014 
French 10: Conversation-Composition, Fall 2013
History 1: World History to 1500, Fall 2013
History 2: World History 1500 to Present, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
History 118: The Victorian Empire
History 151: Women in Latin American History
History 152: Revolution in Latin America, Fall 2013
History 155: Latin American Environmental History, Spring 2014
History 162: Modern China
History 163: Ethnic Identities and Conflict in China
Liberal and Civic Studies 123: Modern Global Issues, Spring 2014
Spanish 10: Conversation-Composition, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Spanish 11: Introduction to Literature, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Spanish 140: Latin American Literature I
Spanish 141: Latin American Literature II
Spanish 161: Culture and Civilization of Latin America
Theology & Religious Studies 153: Eastern Religions
Theology & Religious Studies 154: Hinduism
Theology & Religious Studies 155: Buddism
Theology & Religious Studies 156: Religions of India

Language Requirement

Studying languages and cultures helps us recognize the universal aspects of the human condition and embrace the diverse backgrounds of people at home and around the world.

Requirement: Level 3 Proficiency

French 3: Intermediate French, Fall 2013
German 3: Intermediate German Fall 2013
Greek 3: Intermediate Greek
Italian 3: Intermediate Italian, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Japanese 3: Intermediate Japanese, Fall 2013
Latin 3: Intermediate Latin
Mandarin 3: Intermediate Mandarin, Fall 2013
Spanish 3: Intermediate Spanish, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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